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Holiday Shipping Tips -Columbus, Ohio

  Holiday Shipping Tips If you are shipping holiday gifts to loved ones who are miles away, buying a present may be the easy part. But making sure your holiday packages arrive at their destinations safely before Christmas shouldn’t drain your bank account or be a big hassle, if you keep these tips in mind. Pick the right gift: Not only do you want to buy gift that they will like, you need to buy something you can mail easily. Even with the right packing precautions, it’s always safer to buy items you know can survive a bumpy trip through the mail. Apparel, shoes and most toys are a safe bet. Also, remember some states restrict what items you can send in the mail. Also, certain batteries, liquids and plants may be restricted depending on the package’s destination, so be sure to ask about prohibited items before you ship your gifts. Pay attention to the box: Use a new, sturdy box that’s a few inches larger than your gift on all sides to allow for plenty of cushioning. Splurge on high-quality packaging: UPS suggests spending a bit more and use higher-performing cushioning materials made of polyethylene or polyurethane, because the most basic polystyrene cushion can endure only one impact. Using stronger, but thinner cushioning is better because you can use a smaller box and save on shipping costs if the price is based on the package’s dimensions and weight. Take the shake test: Be sure to pack it right. Use at least 1 inch of cushioning around the item—top, bottom and all four sides—to fill in any air spaces....

Water Damage Cleanup

  What to Expect from the Water Damage Cleanup Process If you or someone that you know has recently experienced a flood or pipe burst and have water damage in your home, you’re probably wondering “what happens now” or ” how will this cleanup happen?” The first, and most important, step when dealing with water is to locate the source of the water. This can be done by shutting off the home’s main water supply or repairing items like sump pumps. If you are unsure of how to do either of these, call a professional plumber or your local water supply company for assistance. Once any active leaks have been addressed and all water has been turned off, it’s imperative you call a professional restoration company, like ResQ 24 by Thompson Building Associates, to start the water damage cleanup process as quickly as possible to minimize damage. How Your Home or Business is Restored Following Water Damage All water damage restoration jobs are unique, and the amount of work required for each depends on a variety of factors such as the amount of area in the home that’s been damaged and how long the water has been present. Once our ResQ 24 water damage cleanup team arrives and has a chance to inspect the home, we will be able to put together a detailed project timeline specific to your job. In the meantime, we’ve listed the eight common phases that occur during the water damage restoration process and what happens in each, so you’ll know what to expect. Once help arrives, the first thing our team will do is...

10 Restoration Tips You Can Do at Home

10 Preventative Restoration Tips You Can Do at Home Good restoration is about a lot more than making old keepsakes sparkle or fixing up a burned building. At Thompson Building Associates we believe proper restoration begins with prevention or simple tasks everyone can do around their home or business. Preparation is a great first line of defense. Follow these easy restoration tips at home or the office:   Regularly service heating systems In addition to central heating systems, check gas and wood-burning fireplaces. Keep dust and other debris away from ignition sources. Remove lint from the dryer after every use A clogged lint filter or trap can reduce the efficiency of your dryer and forces lint onto the heating coils. Keep your dryer free of lint and don’t run the dryer while you’re out of the house. Check electrical outlets a few times a year If an electrical outlet is warm to the touch it’s dangerous and should be addressed immediately by a professional. Also, check outlet extenders or power strips for damaged or frayed cords. Avoid using outlet extenders when possible. Don’t store cooking oils near the stove Grease fires can erupt quickly and spread rapidly if not properly handled. Do not pour water over a grease fire; instead, use a lid or baking soda to smother the flames. Call emergency services immediately in the event of a fire. Check your green thumb Some plant species have extremely invasive roots that can damage sprinkler systems, underground pipes, and septic tanks. Plan before you plant to avoid this disaster. Watch the water bill Your monthly water bill is a...

Avoid Holiday Decorating Disasters

Holiday Decorating Disasters to Avoid We are heading into that time of year when houses transform into displays of loving holiday crafts and beautiful decorations. While many enjoy decorating for the holidays, it’s important to consider what you display and how you display it, in order to keep loved ones and guests safe. Nothing will ruin your holiday faster than disasters that could have been prevented. The following are a few thoughts to keep in mind as you warm up your home with beautiful “disaster free” displays for the holidays: Trees: Fresh trees: Choose a tree that has green needles that resist being pulled off from the branches or bending between fingers. Cut w 2-inch diagonal piece off of the bottom of the tree trunk. This will help the tree to absorb water. Place in a sturdy stand at least 3 feet away form heat sources such as heating vents and fireplaces. Make sure that you tree stand is able to hold water. REFILL it Daily! Leave your tree inside for no longer than two-weeks. If you leave it in longer it will dry out and become highly flammable. Artificial Trees: If you purchase an artificial tree, look for “fire resistant” on its label. Avoid displaying trees next to fireplaces, heating ducts, or radiators. Regardless of the type of tree you decorate with, keep them out of the way from high foot-traffic areas and doorways. Delicate and highly breakable ornaments should be toward the top of the tree, making it more difficult for little hands or paws to get to them. Unbreakable and non-toxic ornaments should hang on the...

Tips to Prevent Power Failure Damage

Tips to Prevent Damage to Electronics The disruption of electrical service can create costly damage to your electronics. Whether it’s lightning from a thunderstorm, the strong winds or the heavy snows of a blizzard, or too much pull of electricity during hot summer months- Mother Nature can cause blackouts, brownouts, and other electrical disruptions. While you can’t control the weather, you can safeguard your valuable appliances and electronics against the threat of a power disruption. Following these tips can save time and potentially expensive replacement costs.   Power Down and Unplug Whenever a storm approaches, take the time to go through your home to turn off and unplug small electronics and appliances. Lightning can enter your house through the wiring and disconnecting them from their power source will protect them from damage. If you notice signs of a brownout once the storm hits, such as a prolonged dimming of lights, your refrigerator’s motor might have difficulty operating in this low-voltage situation. Don’t risk touching the plug or outlet during the storm.   Purchase Surge Protectors Think of surge protectors as inexpensive insurance for your electronic items. If you have a $1,000 television, it’s worth investing a few more bucks in a UL-listed surge protector. The same goes for any expensive electronic devices you own.   Back-up Your Computer Power If the power goes out while you’re working on a desktop computer, you risk losing everything that wasn’t saved. An uninterruptible power source (UPS) gives you a “grace period” of five to seven minutes of reliable power to save all your work and shut down properly. A more expensive alternative...